Rev. Fr. Mesrob Hovsepyan
St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Mesrob Hovsepyan was born with the baptismal name Vahe in Yerevan, Armenia in 1976. He is a graduate of both the Vazkenian and Gevorkian Theological Seminaries (1993-1999). He was ordained as a deacon in 1999 by Archbishop Voskan Kalpakian.
Upon graduation, Fr. Mesrob worked as a secretary at the editorial office of Echmiadzin monthly. Meanwhile, he also enrolled in management courses and completed the Management Skills for Seminarians program organized by the American University of Armenia (AUA).
He served in the armed forces as a chaplain from 2001-2003. In 2004, by the invitation of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, he came to the United States to further his education. After improving his English language skills at North Park University in Chicago, he studied at St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries in New York.
While in New York, he worked with the Brooklyn Mission Parish, where he taught Sunday School. In the summer of 2006, he completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). He also completed his pastoral internship at the St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church of White Plains, NY, and earned a master's in pastoral studies at Fordham University in New York.
Fr. Mesrob was ordained to the holy order of priesthood on January 20, 2008, by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian at St. James Church of Richmond, VA. He served as pastor of St. James Church until the fall of 2014, when he became the pastor of St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, where he still is today.
Fr. Mesrob is married to Yn. Ruzanna Karapetyan (since 2005) and blessed with beautiful daughter Nareh and sons Sevak and Haig.